Jewish Community Population Study

Jewish Community Population Study

The Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Federations, in partnership with Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, are currently conducting a study of members of the Jewish community in the Twin Cities. We have been assisting these organizations in their efforts to reach out to the local Jewish community. If you are invited to do so, we strongly encourage you to participate in the study.

Why Participate?
The last time a comprehensive study of the Twin Cities Jewish community was published was in 2004, based on data from 2003. Given the scope and significance of changes we all face, and age of the last study, we are long past due for fresh data. The goal of the 2019 study is to gain information and insight into demographics, behaviors, attitudes, and needs of community members that will inform future community programming and planning.

How Will I be Contacted?
Starting in mid-September, you may be contacted by letter, phone, or email by the Cohen Center and its call center at the University of New Hampshire with an invitation to participate in the survey. Because this is a scientific survey with a defined sample frame, you may not receive one of these calls or emails; however, if you do, we encourage you to respond and participate in this important project on behalf of the entire community.

If you are contacted, the caller ID will say UNH Survey Center (603-397-0654) — UNH is the University of New Hampshire. Any letter you receive will come from: Brandeis University, Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, 415 South Street, MS 014, Waltham, MA 02453-2728. Email messages will come from Brandeis University. For more information about participating in the survey, please visit

Finally, for further details on the 2019 Twin Cities Jewish Population study, including what information the study will track, we direct your attention to the FAQs on the study website.

If you would like to discuss anything in more detail, or if you have questions that are not covered in the FAQs document, please contact Federation professionals Marisa Gage or Ted Flaum.